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'Tecmo Super Bowl' given its due, NFL Films-style

Why does "Tecmo Super Bowl" continue to resonate?

Time should have forgotten it by now. Compared to the present-day "Madden" franchise, the 1991 release is positively primitive. And yet people don't romanticize early editions of "Madden" in nearly the same way.

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NFL Films delves into the video game's enduring appeal in a new half-hour special that made its NFL Network debut Friday. It re-airs Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

If you were like me -- which means girls didn't like you and you spent large swaths of sixth grade with your Nintendo Entertainment System -- it's required viewing. Where else can you see 51-year-old Christian Okoye attempt to tackle his 28-year-old, 8-bit doppelganger?

The special also documents a bunch of dudes with neckbeards in a Madison, Wis., "Tecmo" tournament, which doubles as the largest gathering of poor sportsmanship in recorded history. This was fun to watch, though to be honest, the sons of Sabol could've just run a reel of 99-yard runs by Bo Jackson and I would've been all set.

Never underestimate the power of nostalgia ... or an unblocked Kyle Clifton.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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